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Do You Feel Safe Riding The T?

A national organization of state transportation officials awarded the Massachusetts DOT with a high safety honor for highways, but does MBTA need to make the T safer?

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is now nationally recognized for higway safety leadership after receiving an award last week. 

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials has given MassDOT its 2012 Safety Leadership Award for “taking significant action” in reducing highway fatalities an injuries, according to a MassDOT statement.

While the organization was recognized for highway safety, its public transportation sector experienced two negative incidents in recent weeks. A Green Line trolley collided with another trolley at Boylston Street Station last week sending passengers flying, and police are still searching for a man who struck a trolley operator at Fenway Station on Sunday.

Also on the Green Line, a woman was arrested last week after she allegedly threatened three men with a knife on a Green D Line train, which passes through Newton. 

Do you feel MassDOT is doing enough to keep the MBTA's trolley and other subway lines safe? Do you feel safe riding the T and MBTA buses? Tell us in the comments. 

Adam Maleson December 12, 2012 at 06:18 AM
I'm usually impressed with how restrained most people on the subways are, when you look around and see all kinds of people thrown together in these enclosed environments, all kinds of people with often seemingly very little in common, yet most people keep to themselves and try not to get in other people's way. It's more surprising that there are not more hostile incidents than there are. So I would say in general I do feel "safe" riding the T.

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